Reading Today

Google will now show you what ebooks are available in your local library. (2017). The Verge. Retrieved 19 September 2017, from https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/18/16330324/google-ebooks-search-available-local-library

I had heard this idea kicked around before by librarians, but it was typically formulated with WorldCat in mind. That is, using WorldCat’s database combined with the location information from Google to be able to list the availability of books in nearby libraries when searching for titles. It seems Google isn’t necessarily interested in non-digital resources, which I suppose makes sense. I’d be curious how this is happening on the technology side; is Google just accessing Overdrive through an API? Would it be possible to do the same thing with services like Hoopla? Regardless, I’m glad to see Google embracing libraries a bit more.